Silly me; I’d always thought that the whole raison d’etre for the Department of Homeland Insecurity was to keep the Homeland safe. How was I to know that it’s really about making stupid decisions for reasons that no one in their right mind can even BEGIN to explain.
Of course, I can (sort of) understand the reasoning behind this insanity. Hmm…he was a successful recording artist who converted to Islam…ergo, he MUST be a terrorist. What other explanation could their POSSIBLY be?
Of course, in the Alice-in-Wonderland world inhabited by Tom Ridge and his Department of Homeland Insecurity, there is always a perfectly acceptable reason for leaving the ridiculous behind for the realm of the sublime.
Don’t get me wrong; I understand that there are some aspects of the Moral Equivalent Of The War against terrorism that must for security concerns remain under wraps. Surely, though, some DHS weenie must have realized the public relations nightmare that would necessarily follow kicking a ’70s pop icon out of the US for unspecified, generic reasons.
Stevens may well be tithing to al-Qaeda, or he may giving charity concerts for them. Somehow I doubt it, but IF that is the case, what is the harm in being a bit more specific about the reasons for his expulsion? In a day and age when anyone named “Dave Nelson” finds themselves on a terrorist “watch list”, we are running the risk of being viewed as arbitrary and capricious.
Given my virulent opposition to Our S…oops, sorry, Bob, I promised I wasn’t going to do that anymore, didn’t I??…George W. Bush, there is every possibility, given the current climate, that I could find myself on a terrorist watch list. Isn’t the point to be able to recognize and exclude LEGITIMATE threats? If Stevens IS a legitimate threat to the safety and security of this country, we deserve to know why. Unless we question the reasons behind these decisions, we run the risk of our government denying entrance to those who merely differ publicly with this Administration. Think it couldn’t happen? It would seem that it already is.
WE DESERVE BETTER.